CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 10, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2006 Rerate on 5/6/06 after being cellared for a year: Pours a very rich, dark opaque with a nice, thin brownish head. Has an earthy, grainy toasted cereal aroma with some light smoke and sweet milk chocolate. Body starts with a nice, lightly sweet dark caramel flavor balanced with some drier, earthy smoke and lingering roasted malts and dark chocolate. A very tasty smoked stout. This really reminds me of Stone 6th Anniversary Porter when it was fresher.
Sampled at the 3/25/05 Tosa Gathering, courtesy of JPDIPSO: Pours a viscous oily, nearly opaque with a thin whispy tan head. Has a rich, sweet, roasty, and well-smoked aroma. Starts rich and bready with nice sweet, yet dry smokiness, and a touch of butterscotch toward a smooth, dark chocolatey finish. Nice complexity and well-balanced. Very enjoyable, thanks John!
5000 (6027) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 8, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours black, quite opaque, medium dark brown foamy head, with nice brewers lace.   Certainly looks inviting.   Smoked wood, campfire of sorts, on the nose.   Perhaps a slight hint of roasted malts and maybe even some coffee.   Smokey lactose like sweetness up front.   The stout portion is quite soft, and very nice.   The smokiness of this beer isnt in charge, but blends well with the burnt/roasted malts.   Body & mouthfeel are medium to full.   Finishes with lingering lactose like sweetness on a bed of smoked wood.   Soft and subtle... very nice indeed.   Thanks goes out to jtw for the trade!!
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 30, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark pour, no head... just a small ring around glass. The beer leaves a nice oily stain on the glass. Rich roasted chocolate aroma with bourbon soaked burnt wood. Flavor has a rich charcoal smoked chocolate taste, along with some nuts. Good stuff... very filling!
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - MAR 29, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown color, small white head. Aroma of campfire, and burning/smoked moss. A little chocolate as well. Flavor is smoked and roasted chocolate and caramel, with more campfire to it. Thanks to JpDipso for this one.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 28, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sure as hell smells smoky with a rich malty essence. Thick, black and impenetrable in appearance. Nice, full, smoky taste. Cocoa and espresso laden. Heavy, smoky tactile feel that dominates the palate with a strong molasses presence. Rich and lively. Damn right.
1FastSTi (3283) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this at the Tosa tasting. Aroma: Spiced meat. Pepperoni, beef jerky. Smoky. Appearance: Dark black, dark tan head, head ring, decent lacing. Flavor: Typical stout with smoke flavoring, cocoa, bitter. Palate: Acedic. Full body.
badnewsbeers (2317) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 25, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
this was a great beer! black body with small medium brown head. Wonderful smoked, chocolately smell...flavor is of smoke, strong in chocolate, and a touch of tartness to it....great palate
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - MAR 21, 2005
1.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
got this from John. All I can say, I was warned, I do not like smoke brew. Oh, I really do not. It reminds me of the time my wife’s families house burnt down. Bad .
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 18, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Motor oil black, ultra dark tan creamy head. If you don’t like smoke beers, stay away and leave them to me! Heavy hitting aromas of smokey bacon and burnt wood, with perfect underlying notes of mocchachino and dark bitter-sweet chocolate. The taste off the bat was campfire like, Turkish coffee in the middle, followed up with a nice dosage of bittering hops to round this out. Medium bodied, pillow soft carbonation, drying bitter smoked finish. If its your thing.....find some now! Awesome.....
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 14, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Near black with a smaller silk brown head. Dark molasses mingles with fresh cut oak and peat. This would go well with a bavarian marinated steak. Fairly thin, but silky in feel Glides nicely from start to finish. Roasted malt with only a light peat influence. Seems to need a touch more of both in my book. I can see this being a starter smoked brew. Has a mild peat and dry nut linger. Still my other bottle will go well with my next steak. Thanks Lou. I’ll likely enjoy the next one more, since I won’t be thinking out it as much.